Ohio Downs Swimming and Diving

Jan. 19, 2010


ATHENS, Ohio- The Marshall University swimming and diving team faltered as the Herd fell to Ohio 165-104 at the Ohio University Aquatic Center Tuesday night.


Marshall moves to 5-6 on the season after the loss and will stay at 0-1 in Conference USA play with no other conference foes slated on the remainder of the schedule. The Herd’s lone loss in C-USA action came at the hands of East Carolina (193-100).


Freshman Vera Niemeyer picked up a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:07.46. Her time moves her to third in Marshall history, breaking her previous personal-best of 2:08.78. Niemeyer also finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.63.


Ally Melinsky was tops in the 200 breaststroke, notching a time of 2:31.43. Sarah Schimenti came in second in the event with a 2:33.60 finish.




Lauren Rone recorded the best MU score in the 3 meter dive with a second-place finish and a mark of 219.22. Haley Holmquist finished third in the 1 meter dive with a score of 209.10.


Marshall took top-three finishes in the 200 freestyle relay. Niemeyer, Jenny Johnsson, A. Melinsky and Emily Akalski saw first place (1:43.67); in second was Jenae Moreno, Liz Greenway, Lauren Fairbanks and Arlie Rykosky (1:44.69); and in third place was Meghan Fillinger, Kimberly Melinsky, Susan Velte and Schimenti (1:50.40).


The Herd will take a week off from competition to prepare to face Vanderbilt on Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. in the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.